Benjamin Petit is a French photographer based in Brooklyn. His work focuses on social inequality and climate change related issues. Petit received a master's degree in photography at the ENS Louis-Lumiere in Paris and received a Fulbright scholarship to study at the International Center of Photography in NYC.
Petit has been producing reportage in Yemen, Morocco, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and NYC. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times. In 2011 Petit took part in the creation of the Bronx Documentary Center. Benjamin is also the US operations manager for street art collective, #Dysturb, who paste photojournalism in city streets and schools globally.
2015 - Joop Swart Masterclass Nomination, 2014 - Team Chapnik Award & Helge Hummelvoll scholarship, 2012 - Joop Swart Masterclass Nomination, 2011 - The New York Times Award, 2011 - Honorable Jury Price, 2010 - Fulbright Scholarship
From March 2011, Yemeni have been occupying Change Square in the capital, Sana’a, in order to protest against the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. On February 21st, 2012, elections placed the only candidate Abdu Rabbu Hadi, the former vice-president, as the new president for a two years transitory period. During this time, the youth continue the sitting, and are constructing a new, daily routine.
Wesley Thompson, a former taxi driver, has been working as a can and bottle collector for the last five years in Crown Heights and Prospect Lefferts Garden in Brooklyn. Initiated for ecological purposes, recycling have become a way to make a living for some left out of the economic crisis.
They grew up with computers and ipods. But for these New-Yorkers, handcraft is far from being a thing of the past. These inspiring makers are developing a new form of consumption that some have already pinned as "indie capitalism", that proves that "Made in USA" still has a vibrant future.